Weather Warnings On The Go | VideoHenry Blakes | 6/14/2012
By the end of the month, FEMA and the FCC will launch a system called Wireless Emergency Alerts. The National Weather Service is one of many agencies participating in this system.
"We often hear, `I had no warning.` When in reality, there may have been a warning from the National Weather Service. It`s just that the person didn`t hear it. This is one way to increase the number of ways people receive these life saving messages," said J.P. Martin with the National Weather Service.
The system has been successfully launched in New York and other big cities and is on its way to the Northern Plains.
When exactly will the alerts begin? Well, it depends on your cell phone provider.
"AT&T is adding additional markets over time. You`ll be getting it soon in North Dakota and can expect to see it elsewhere across the United States within the next year," said AT&T spokesperson Alex Carey.
Now there are some upsides to this new feature.
First, there will be no additional charges to your monthly phone bill. The alerts will be sent from the nearest phone tower and will notify you as long as you have cell phone reception.
You`ll only be alerted of life threatening weather conditions, which means your phone won`t be alerted for every advisory issued.
If you have any questions about this new service, contact your cell phone provider for more information.
Wireless customers will also receive Amber and Presidential Alerts. Be aware that older mobile devices may require a software upgrade in order to receive Wireless Mobile Alerts.